It is the time of year when students are starting their Fall semesters, and the JREF is pleased to be sponsoring two outstanding students with our Fifth Annual Academic Scholarships. This year, two $1,000 scholarships have been awarded, one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate level student. These students were selected on the basis of academic achievement, outreach and community service in the name of science and critical thinking education, and career objectives that are aligned with the goals and values of the James Randi Educational Foundation.

With great pleasure, the JREF announces the recipients of our 2011-2012 academic scholarships:


Narine E. Wandrey
Undergraduate Award $1,000


Ms. Wandrey is starting her second year at the University of Dallas working towards a BS in Biology with a Mathematics emphasis. She is active in the Engineering Geologists’ club, an officer in her university science and math clubs, and she has performed geophysics fieldwork in New Mexico and Colorado; climactic, hydrologic, and data-mapping studies in Texas; and neurochemistry research at Louisiana State University. As a community volunteer in central and south Texas, she finds time to promote citizen-science outreach activities.